Speke, Hugh

Regimental Number:
Rank: Major
Branch: 9th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry; 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

Hugh was born in Dowlish Wake, Somerset, England in 1878. In 1912, he came to Lake Saskatoon as a missionary; he had been ordained as a deacon and priest in 1902/1903 and had served in various churches in England prior to coming to Canada. When World War I started, Hugh returned to England to serve in the army. He was killed in action on August 12, 1915. His grave marker was inscribed with “Priest of the Church of England.” According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Hugh was married to Ruth Lettice Speke of Spettisbury, England.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies, p. 98; Pioneers of the Peace p. 201, 202; Lake Saskatoon Reflections p. 7; many clippings